Gilliam Oaks Farm Revitalization- A Fresh, Gay Start On Historical Farmland

Gilliam Oaks Farm Revitalization- A Fresh, Gay Start On Historical Farmland

From Daveigh Stubbs

Our small family of queer trans folks is trying to raise the funds for initial equipment, seed, fencing, livestock and other necessities to revitalize a long misused farm.

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We are three queer, poor southerners who, through a series of difficult circumstances, have found ourselves in the Pacific Northwest.  Finding the city life to be outside affordability for us, and facing imminent homelessness, we turned to our '94 Astro van and each other, and hit the road with our pups and kitties in search of farm work.

After a month of cold chef boyardee, cramped sleeping quarters (a full size mattress does NOT fit 3 adults and two dogs well), coffee, heat, driving, more heat, more driving, and constant flyering, emails and phonecalls we were found by a retired farmer who had recently been widowed after being away from her land for 18 years, and was looking for folks who were as passionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic in not merely WORKING the land, but caring for it as she was.

We like to think she's succeeded, but that might be a bit arrogant of us. She has big shoes to fill.  However, we are enjoying every second we spend here, from the 5 am coffee, to teaching our dogs to stop chasing chickens, to fence mending, thistle pulling, and watching the sun cast its final rays of the day on the hills across the valley from us.

We have a lot of work to do.

Our host, who is looking for her successors, as she has no children and little family remaining, has been gracious enough to allow us to live and work the land in exchange for maintaining the house and helping her with projects of her own.  Unfortunately, she sold most of her equipment before she left 18 years ago, and rented out the land in the interim to tenants who did not do a good job maintaining it, leaving outbuildings in states of moderate to severe disrepair, fences damaged or partially removed, soil compacted by grazing sheep or cut through with rain channels from lack of management, and trees badly in need of pruning or removal.

We are more than happy to face these challenges, to heal the land as we heal ourselves, and we look forward to a future where others find respite here as well.

Our goals, in the first five years, include soil remediation, establishing  a small herd of dairy goats, a small flock of chickens for home use, and economic self-sufficiency through the marketing of specialty organically grown produce.

We can't meet that goal alone.  While we will be working our asses off, both on farm and, as necessary, at jobs in town, the initial investments needed for us to meet our timeline goals exceed our ability to succeed in them without outside help.

We strongly believe that for us to be a reliable source of support and assistance for our friends, comrades, and community, we must make the farm economically viable in addition to ecologically sensitive, and do it quickly.

These are hard, scary times for LGBTQ+ folks, and we would like to be a shelter from the storm as soon as we can, a place of stability, comfort, and visible resistance to the forces aligning against our communities.

We know that everyone is stretched thin, and that we're asking a lot.

Please, do not feel guilty about not being able to help if you truly can't.  If you can, but think maybe your money could be better used helping a broke trans girl buy a pizza because she hasn't eaten in two days, you're right. Buy her a pizza. We're surviving, and will thrive eventually.

But if you can spare it, and would like to help accelerate us getting to where we can do the helping instead of asking for it, we'd appreciate the hell out of y'all.

Love and Rage,

Some Southern Queers laying roots 3,000 miles from where we thought we would.

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